Thomas Jørgensen

Thomas Jørgensen

  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    Speakers with smarts and superior basic hardware ought in the long run to kill most of the audiophile market simply by creeping ever further down in price until nobody can really tell the difference between anything from mid-range on up....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Bigger problem: Our current class of 0.1 percent appear to have gone beyond just being capitalists, and are turning to outright crime, relying on class privilege to avoid consequences. The press just did its job and revealed that more or...
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    I tend to refer to this as the pastoralist khmer rouge fantasy - because it cannot happen, and ends in mountains of skulls. There are currently seven+ billion people on earth. Any future path in which food yield per acre...
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    Eh, you cant solve this by asking people to be poor, that is just obviously politically unstable on every time horizon. Nor is reducing the population an answer, since people do not, as a rule, go gently into that night....
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    The second. No, wait, that is giving too much credit - Generally speaking, the thing that drives me up the wall is people thinking we can cut down on our total electricity use. Which is insane. The only way to...
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    Ive complained about this before, but I keep running across arguments about climate change - from people who are supposedly advocates for clean energy - That contain the buried assumption that we cannot run an advanced economy without fossil fuels....
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    ... I hope the future holds the unexpected development that people stop thinking austerity is good for anything, including the climate. The problem with this idea is that investments into clean energy is way up maslows hierarchy. They crater when...
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    This is not a difficult question. Because the answer is that human generations are very long, tech is very fast, and this is going to be solved by genetic engineering long before it becomes any kind of problem. Because, really,...
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    Main reason I am less worried than Graydon is that I am fairly confident that the political will to just.. toss the very concept of a free market in food on the rubbish bin is, in fact, there. Because we...
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    There are a lot of poor countries at the top of the list if you sort the nations of the world for "least difference in height." .. but also Belgium, Italy, Spain and Portugal. None of which have calorie shortages....
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    The height ratio between genders is subject to considerable national variation, which strongly suggests that yes, some of this is cultural, which kind of fries my brain - do teenage girls who are not done growing really diet enough to...
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    Major alterations to human (neuro)biology and genomics are really dangerous - any society with a deep enough understanding to do them safely is going to be riffing on the themes of the culture. But... there is one set of changes,...
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    This is a strange blindspot. I can think of stories focused on the individuals who are either explicitly or effectively in the clinical trials - a fair few, even, and I can think of stories set 70+ years later when...
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    Both the updraft tower and OTEC share something - They make more sense considered as tools of terraforming the earth than they do as power plants. OTEC is a way to force a bethnic updraft - Naturally occurring examples of...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    Honestly, I am not sure anonymity is politically useful, as a defense. It is like the second amendment as a defense against tyranny - if it gets to that point, you are screwed regardless, and we need defenses of civilization...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    .. You cannot bribe the people who control the payment system, because if they were corruptible and able to defeat your internal audit mechanisms, they would already have all the money they could spend without getting busted - You are...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    That requirement can be met. You set up a central payment processor owned by the government, that central processor issues one time pads to everybody, all payments go through it. Total transparency to the government, utterly unbreakable crypto for everyone...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    But if you are getting random Romans through a time portal, you can just write at them. Does not matter how atrocious your accent is, writing things down will work, because Rome was generally quite literate - (It was, for...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Homosexuals having a higher family formation rate wont do anything to demograpics either, because: Small numbers. But it does help with getting kids out of orphanages and other institutions (because the number of kids in those is also small), and...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Naval reactors need fuel enriched to about twenty percent. That is a serious enrichment effort, but not prohibitive. The US chooses to instead load them with nearly pure fissile material... Which has been poisoned. Certain isotopes have large neutron cross...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    .. Also, why are you so dead set against energy use? If a place is enormously hot because it has averages north of 2000 kwh/square meter/year solar irradiation, then you can just run the air con full blast to keep...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    One greenhouse traps heat. An entire province of them reduces reflects sunlight back into space more than it traps it. - That is observed reality, the temperature of the province has dropped while the greenhouses expanded, which is a rather...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    I strongly suspect that the future of farming is going to be truely epic-scale greenhouses. With wind-baffles. And using the ocean for water sourcing. That scene from the bladerunner sequel with the endless greenhouses? That was not cgi, that is...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Sweden - the nation which appears to exist to ruin statements about what is possible - produces somewhat in excess of 2 million tonnes of steel by electric processes every year. I mean, that needs carbon, but it needs it...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    The Advanced heavy water reactor is the evolution on the indian Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor, which is most certainly in active series production there. 4 under construction, 16 planned. And if PHWR sounds familiar, that is because it is basically...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    India. Their Advanced heavy water reactor design is instructive - Relatively small, no huge forgings, extremely flexible potential fuel cycle, and relies on convection driven cooling systems. - Which eliminates loss-of-power as a potential problem entirely. Not that enrichment is...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Eh, Sweden built heavy water, and then boiling water reactors more or less entirely of the back of its own industrial resources in the 1960s. I mean richest nation on earth at the time, and they did have Meitner (yes....
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Uhm. World building: The proper citizens of the future abandon the burbs and move to the white towers, with the hanging gardens and the cultural life - The fringe buy huge rotting macmansions on for-closure for nominal sums an mostly...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    I am not actually sure car based sprawl is going anywhere. It is insane, because the accumulated waste of person hours sitting in traffic is a crime against humanity, but I am doubtful building a new housing stock would actually...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    If the future is energy constrained enough to make N prohibitive, we are all dead anyway. Also, see earlier discussion: Nuclear reactors exist. This proves that energy poor futures with people in them cannot - because in order for that...
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